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25 international artists at new show

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Touching stories from across the globe will manifest into artworks, with 25 international artists set to come together for an upcoming exhibition here.

Titled 'Around the World in 7 Days', the show will feature emerging artists from countries like the United Kingdom, Turkey, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Romania, Lithuania, Germany, Ukraine, the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, Israel, South Korea, Kenya, and Indonesia.

In his on canvas titled, "Siapa Lawan Siapa Kawan", Indonesian artist Budi Ubrux will portray faceless figures mummified in newsprint.

Known for his satirical works on modern society, Ubrux's painting is a comment on the Indonesian government's transitional period from the "Orde Baru" (New Order) to the "Orde Reformasi" (Reformation Order) in 1999.

Set to begin on March 22 at Saffron Art Gallery here, the show will also explore elements of pop culture and its impact on contemporary society.

"We can virtually traverse great distances across the world in a matter of seconds. Technology has made it easier to experience diversity of culture, international sensibility and aesthetic sense.

"To highlight the cosmopolitan nature of the world we live in, the exhibition seeks to open a window between International art and Indian collectors," says Sonali Batra, gallery director and curator of the show.

Netherlands-based Pepijn Simon's, "Study after Velazquez"

will capture people's uncanny expressions in the advent of a miscommunication.

Simon uses old twisted credit cards instead of a brush to paint a black canvas with barely recognisable faces that are born out of a conflict between "realism" and "abstraction".

Similarly, Deny Pribadi's painting- "Hunting" will show humans as predators and their innate greed to dominate, colonise and fight.

Batra says the show has been curated to break the boundaries of niche art which is usually available at unaffordable prices.

"If we talk about the art market from the point of money, there is hardly any option available for people to buy something which fits their pockets and is yet unusual and contemporary.

"The objective was to club together unusual art pieces which are inspired by pop culture. The show not only holds a fresh perspective but is also available at affordable prices," she says.

Mexican artist Marcela Montemayor's painting "Pop Soda" has a cherry flavoured coca-cola can along with a muffin, implying the "pleasure" one can experience merely by looking at images of food.

South Korean artist Jinho Kee's playful balloons will depict an accurate metaphor for life - the vicious cycle of tension and relaxation through the ephemeral life of balloons.

"We are delighted to open our space to a wider audience. This is an exciting initiative to bring in new international perspectives," says Hugo Weihe, CEO of Saffronart Gallery.

The exhibition is set to continue till March 28.

First Published: Mon, March 20 2017. 13:57 IST